Hickenlooper Apologizes for Slave Remark

Henrietta Strickland
June 17, 2020

Tay Anderson, a black Denver school board member who has been instrumental in organizing protests against the death of George Floyd, tweeted a video Monday morning of Hickenlooper making the quip.

"If I was to describe a scheduler, a political scheduler, imagine an ancient slave ship with the guy with the whip, and you're rowing", Hickenlooper said in the video. "We elected officials are the ones rowing", Hickenlooper said.

Hickenlooper faces a June 30 primary against former state House Speaker Andrew Romanoff. "I offer my deepest apologies", he said. The victor takes on incumbent GOP Sen. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) in the fall.

In a statement, Hickenlooper apologized for the remarks. The former two-term governor, who also pursued a short-lived bid for president a year ago, was fined $2,750 last week by the Independent Ethics Commission. "Hickenlooper's blatant disregard for our legal system and his state's ethics laws make it impossible for Colorado voters to trust him with elected office again".

The video marks the latest stumble for Hickenlooper.

The situation came after Hickenlooper became the first person ever to be held in contempt by a state commission for refusing to appear at a mandatory hearing. Earlier this month Hickenlooper struggled to give his definition of the term "Black Lives Matter", saying it meant that "every life matters" - a formulation rejected by numerous African American activists who coined the slogan and one for which Hickenlooper later apologized.

Broadcast live from Denver 7's studios, the last of three debates in the primary cycle will be moderated by Colorado Matters host Ryan Warner, Denver 7 anchor Anne Trujillo and Post political reporter Justin Wingerter.

"And the color of a person's skin has nothing to do with the richness of their lives and their place in their family, in their neighborhood, in their community", he added.

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